While academics and activists claim that the differences between the genders are all socially constructed and enforced by the patriarchy, a recent poll of adults in the United Kingdom reveals the majority of adults believe men and women are fundamentally different.
A YouGov UK poll conducted on Oct. 20 asked 3,168 adults living in the United Kingdom their view on gender as a social construct.
Asked which position comes closest to their view, 58 percent of respondents said their view most aligns with the statement, “Men and women are fundamentally different in the way they think and act, and society merely reflects this.” Only 26 percent of respondents replied they most agree with the statement “Men and women would be fundamentally the same in the way they think and act - the differences between them are all down to society.”
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Both men and women had similar results. Broken down by gender, 59 percent of men and 57 percent of women responded that they believe men and women are fundamentally different. The poll also showed 26 percent of men and 27 percent of women believe the differences between men and women are socially constructed.
Given the increase in parents choosing to raise their kids “gender-neutral” for the sake of some social progress, perhaps it’s important to remember that not everyone believes the evil societal patriarchy is keeping children—and women—down because of their genders.
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